Family, friends mourn loss of Male HS Lacrosse player with candlelight vigil

Vigil held for young man killed in motorcycle crash

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) –  A little bit of rain on Sunday night didn't stop more than 100 people from showing up to remember their fallen teammate, friend and son, Berlin Cole.

“He's my heart, I'm broken, my family will never be the same,” his mother, Elane Cole, said while breaking down in tears. 

She told WHAS11 News that Cole, 19, died in a motorcycle wreck Friday night. Police said he was driving on South Hurstbourne Parkway, near Meijer, when a car turned in front of him, causing the two to collide. 

“I don't know how I'm going to move forward because he was my heart,” said his mother.

Cole said he loved to ride and always wore a helmet.  Police confirm he had one on the night he died.



“He got up in the morning if it was not raining, he was going to ride that bike.”

The teenager graduated from Male high school in 2016, where he played lacrosse. His teammates let out a final bulldog chant in his honor Sunday night at a candlelight vigil. 

“On the team, he was very supportive.  He was always there for you, he would always just try to make sure you would try to contribute.  He would always try to contribute and give as much as he can,” said teammate Kris Stone. 

His mother told WHAS11 News he was home from Fontbonne University in St. Louis for a doctor's appointment.  She said he was driving back from his girlfriend's house Friday night and wrecked less than a half mile from home.

“If he had made it to the light at Watterson Trail, down Watterson Trail through one more light and he would've been home,” she explained. 

As she grieves, she said she finds peace knowing he died doing what he loved. 

Police are still investigating the incident but do believe speed may have been a factor.  They do not suspect any use of drugs or alcohol by either driver.  

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